September WordPress Meetup: Scott Berkun & The Year Without Pants

This month we have the pleasure of hosting Scott Berkun, a local favorite and past keynote at WordCamp Seattle, at the beautiful HUB Seattle in South Downtown.

What’s it like to work at, the 15th-most-trafficked website in the world, where everyone works from home, no one uses email, and dozens of improvements launch every day? Berkun knows firsthand, and in The Year Without Pants his behind-the-scenes story—of his hiring, of his weeks on the front lines of customer support, of the year he spent leading a team of brilliant programmers designing and building new features—offers lessons about creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that just might be in everyone’s future.

Berkun is the author of four popular books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at, and he tweets at @berkun.

After Scott's talk, make sure to stick around for our usual breakout groups, where users, designers, and developers will get a chance to break out and discuss topics ranging from how Scott's talk relates to your work environment, to your current projects and questions for the group.

We hope to see you there!

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  • Linda M.

    I got to the HUB tonight and couldn't find you. I wasn't able to find any info about the location inside the building and it's a big place. i walk with a cane, so I couldn't search every floor and the only meeting I saw was a huge one in the room we used for WordCamp but it looked like a student event. I'm so sorry I missed Scott's talk. i'll try again next month.

    September 12, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Linda, I'm so sorry that happened. "The HUB Seattle" is a different venue than "the HUB" where we had WordCamp... it's unfortunate the names are so similar. Apologies for not making it more clear, and sorry you missed out on Scott :(

      1 · September 13, 2013

    • Linda M.

      I am not a native Seattelite or I probably would have known. Fortunately, my husband who drove me was gracious and took me to Dick's hamburgers so the trip wasn't a total loss. I'll be waiting for Scott's book to come out on Audiobook so i can "read' it. I'll try to make next month's meeting.

      September 13, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Hey Scott, as always, a great presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to get my hands on the book. Cheers my friend!

    September 13, 2013

  • Scott B.

    Thanks folks for last night - I appreciated all the questions and interest.

    Here's the rundown for the book and things I mentioned.

    Movie Trailer for the Book:
    Facebook Event for launch day:
    Amazon listing:
    Sample Chapter:
    Seattle Town Hall on 9/19:

    2 · September 13, 2013

  • Dennis J S.

    Help Scott promote his event next week to thank him for our event last night.

    Here's information on his speech next week in Seattle. See you there or see you at the next WPSEA Meetup.


    2 · September 13, 2013

  • Nancy J.

    Great meeting! Scott's book is a must read for all managers and company directors.

    3 · September 13, 2013

    • Dennis J S.

      Nancy, great meeting you and looking forward to chatting more.

      September 13, 2013

  • Dennis J S.

    Great Speaker with a great message.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Scott B.

    For anyone who wants a pre-talk drink, how about Collins Pub?

    I'll be hanging there starting around 5, and will mosey over to the HUB when the time is right.

    1 · September 11, 2013

    • Jaffe

      I need a nap

      September 12, 2013

    • Mrs. F.

      I'm already here at Collins. Had to work so camping out at the big table by the door.

      September 12, 2013

  • Lindsay S.

    SO Looking forward to this meet-up! Scott was my favorite speaker at Wordcamp Seattle!

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Denise W.

    The speaker sounds awesome. I'd like to attend but it would have to be a location I can get to by bus.

    September 1, 2013

    • Viv Ilo V.

      Denise, I bus there all the time. (I work there.) 2nd & Main is a block away and is a main stop for most buses heading south from downtown. If you have a smart phone I highly suggest the app "Which Bus". It is great for figuring out how to get somewhere using public transportation.

      1 · September 8, 2013

    • Dennis J S.

      "One Bus Away" is a great app if using public transportation. Looking forward to this event.

      1 · September 8, 2013

  • Denise W.

    Hi Viv and Andrew. Thanks for the follow up. I think I wrote that comment before a location had been listed. I have been to the Hub so that will make it easier.

    September 8, 2013

  • Linda M.

    I really enjoyed his talk at WordCamp Seattle, I'm looking forward to this.

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Joe W.

    I need some help from a contractor. The work is mainly involved with CSS and shortcodes for customizing plugins. This will amount to about 15-25 hrs of work through this month. There might be more later in October.
    The work can be done remotely, but I am in the Seattle area.
    You can contact me at [masked] or[masked]-1687.
    Thank you.

    September 3, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Hey Joe, I recommend you move this post to the discussion forum where people often post and respond to posts of this nature. This area is mostly for event related inquiries, questions, and discussion.­

      1 · September 7, 2013

  • Monica G.

    I'd like to come - any word on location?

    August 29, 2013

    • Dennis J S.

      There used to be a nightclub like that in Seattle back in the days. lol

      August 30, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Venue announced! See you all this Thursday at the Hub!

      September 7, 2013

  • Marjorie

    Web Content person for a state organization. I'm doing 2 freelance WP sites and need some help customizing WP templates.

    August 30, 2013

  • Russ M.

    Our nonprofit wordpress site has a problem. The items that should be on the right of the blog are forced way down the page. Any ideas on how to fix this? (My knowledge level is low.)

    August 10, 2013

    • Grant L.

      Russ, please feel free to post in our Discussion Forum which is a great place to find help like this. Then, attend the meetup and connect with lots of great people who can help!­

      August 19, 2013

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